Getting the script right is a good plan.
I’m not sure which move is the correct one for director Ridley Scott. Follow in the dumb-decision-making path of the characters in Prometheus and make another beautiful but vapid thorn in the Alien mythos? Or hedge his Michael Fassbenders and move on to more original ideas? Sure, there’s always Option C, where he makes a sequel and it’s highly successful and sensible, but we’re not living in one of Scott’s movies, readers. This is reality.
Prometheus star Noomi Rapace was promoting her latest film, Dead Man Down, in an interview with The Playlist when the conversation naturally turned toward that most notorious of recent science fiction blockbusters. Rapace shared that things are moving forward on the sequel’s screenplay, which will be gloriously free of Damon Lindelof’s involvement.
“They’re working on the script,” Rapace says. “I met Ridley in London a couple of weeks ago. I would love to work with him again and I know that he would like to do another one. It’s just like we need to find the right story. I hope we will.”
I’m all about them finding the right story as well. The first one had the basic framework for a modern epic, but then spacesuit bongs and Idris Elba’s Southern accent dampened everything down. Perhaps an endless amount of criticism will fuel a more focused approach.
“And it’s interesting because people, most people I’ve talked to who see the movie, see things that are quite different,” she continued. “Some people who see the movie many times and discover new things. There are all these religious aspects and there are very interesting conversations. And for me, if we do a second one, there are a lot of things to explore in there and to continue.”
When prodded for information about a screenwriter being hired, she responded, “You would have to ask someone at the studio about who the writer is.” So I guess we can take that to mean there is a writer. And not a room full of monkeys and word processors.